Danger, Will Robinson
March 31, 2014
The next and last presentation of the 2013-14 MacMurray College film series, Science in the Movies, will look at the science of robots and computers in Hollywood films.
The presentation is Sunday, April 6, at 4 p.m. in the Bailey Auditorium, located in Julian Hall at MacMurray. The event is free and open to the public. Julian Hall is on South Clay Street, between the Henry Pfeiffer Library and Freesen Football Field on the west side of campus.
MacMurray Assistant Professor of Physics Joanne Budzien will screen clips from such sci-fi blockbusters as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Short Circuit and Aliens to see how close robots and computers are to taking over the world. Leave your phone at home so it can’t report back to its leaders.
MacMurray’s Science in the Movies series applies physics, chemistry and other natural sciences to movie special effects to answer the question: Are Hollywood films good, bad or ugly science?